McMaster & Heap Vet Practice are pleased to offer Referral Imaging through Dr Richard Lucy

Dr Richard Lucy started working at McMaster & Heap Vet Practice 18th February 2019.  He is available for referrals from Monday to Thursday.

Richard has run a busy ultrasound referral service in Christchurch for the past five years and will no doubt be familiar to many of you.

Richard performs Echocardiography, Abdominal and Musculoskeletal ultrasonography (and ultrasonographic interventional and biopsy procedures, ECG interpretation, radiograph interpretation and endoscopy).  Complete examinations are performed.  Echocardiography includes colour flow Doppler and PW/CW Doppler examination and ECG.

If you have any questions regarding this new service, please feel free to call us on 03 3382534 or email

We are excited to be able to offer this referral service to you and your pets.

Richard Lucy’s Brief Resume

Massey University graduate 1992, and worked in private practice in New Zealand and as an Assistant Lecturer in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care at Massey for 2 & ½ years.  Whilst at Massey completed MANZVSc examination in Radiology before embarking on OE to the UK.  Worked in private practice in London for 2 & ½ years before returning to New Zealand the slow way.  Travelled overland through West Africa and worked as a volunteer in a primate rehabilitation centre in Cameroon treating injured primates before their return to the wild.

Worked as a Senior Medical Registrar for 2 years at Sydney University Veterinary Hospital completing a Dip VCS and returned for a sabbatical to The Royal Veterinary College in London to complete the Royal College examinations in Veterinary Cardiology.  Finally returned to New Zealand working in Auckland and Hamilton for several years before retraining in human echocardiography (ultrasound of the heart) and moving full-circle back to Christchurch to work in the Cardiology Department of Christchurch Public Hospital.

Having since returned to my original vocation, I now work virtually solely performing ultrasound of the heart and abdomen of referral patients.  This includes interventional procedures and minimally invasive biopsy techniques.

In my (limited) spare time, I entertain our three year old twins, slave away on our lifestyle block and enjoy the rivers, mountains and coast that Canterbury and the South Island has to offer.